B I O
Rita Kepner is a sculptor who loves to draw. She is founder of the Bainbridge Island Arts and Humanities Council, listed in Who's Who in American Art, noted in Women Artists in America II, and has exhibited her work in Poland, Hungary, Germany, Canada, Seattle Washington, with the Quimper Art Group and Bruskin Gallery in Port Townsend Washington.
Her sculpture is on display in public places including: Warsaw Museum, Warsaw Poland, City of Zalaegerszeg, Hungary, Seattle Public Library, Children's Hospital, Seattle City Collection at Seattle Center, Kenmore Public Library, Lowell School, and Washington Mutual Savings Bank in Seattle. She completed works for The US Army Corps of Engineers in Savannah, Georgia and the Cowlitz Indian Nation.
Her writings, on art and artists, have been published in Northwest Art, The Arts Magazine, Leonardo Magazine, Poland, Polska Panorama and Seattle Post Intelligencer. Northwest Arts published several articles including her interview with Henry Moore.
She studied a year at Elmira College before earning her B.A. with a Fine Art major, in 1966, at Harpur College, State University of New York. In 1984, Accademia Bedriacense, in Calvatore Italy, selected Rita for an honorary "Diploma Maestro". Since then, she did graduate work at University of Oklahoma, Seattle Pacific University and Western Washington University. Rita earned a "President's Scholarship" to complete a M.A. in Management at City University in 1998.
Rita is also wife and the mother of one son, who recently served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Russia. As disaster reservist with the Federal Emergency Management Agency she has assisted victims after floods, hurricanes, firestorms, tornadoes, earthquakes, the Oklahoma City bombing and the crash of Egyptian Airline Flight 990. For this work and other community involvement, Rita M. Kepner was selected for biographical reference in Marquis Who's Who in the World, Who's Who of American Women,and the Cambridge International Who's Who of Business and Professional Women.
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She also taught art classes for adults at Mount Carmel Art Association, New Haven, Connecticut; Experimental College, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington; and was involved for nearly three years as Master Sculptor in a special apprenticeship program for students at the Evergreen College,
Olympia, Washington. She also taught young people's art for the Bothell School System summer program, Bothell, Washington.
She has had commissions and art on exhibitions in six countries: Wiesbaden, West Germany 1988; Warsaw, Poland 1981; Zalaegerszeg, Hungary 1977; Manawata Art Gallery, New Zealand 1977; Biskupin, Poland 1976; Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Washington 1976; Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon 1976; Exposition Gallery, Vancouver, B.C., British Columbia 1975; Berkshire Art Museum, Pittsfield, Massachusetts 1967; and others. She served as informal cultural liaison between Poland and the United States 1975-1981; received a bronze medal, Zalaegerszeg, Hungary, 1976; jury's choice award for
sculpture, Hajnowka, Poland, 1976; was elected member of Academy of Arts, 1981 and given an honorary Diploma of Merit, Terme, Italy, 1982.
R E S U M E
Born: 1944 at Binghamton New York
Studied: Elmira College, Elmira NY; Harpur College, SUNY Binghamton -- BA; University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK; City U, Bellevue WA -- MA.
One Woman Shows: Turtle Bluff, Nordland Washington, 2001; Bruskin Gallery 1998; Women’s Center, Port Townsend Washington, 1995; Yorkshire 510, Norman Oklahoma, 1988; Die Roemer Gallery, Wiesbaden Germany 1988; Zoliborz Gallery, Warsaw, Poland, 1981; Penryn Gallery, Seattle, Washington, 1970, 1973, 1976; Haines Gallery, Seattle, Washington, 1974, 1975; Attica Gallery, Seattle, Washington, 1968; Willoughby Wallace Memorial Gallery, Stony Creek, Branford Connecticut, 1967.
Gallery 9, Port Townsend Washington, 2004; Anacortes Washington 2000-2003; Jefferson County Arts Alliance Gallery Port Townsend Washington, 2002; Quimper Arts 1993,1994, 2003; Ichikawa, Japan, 1997; Binghamton University Gallery 1996; Blue Heron Gallery, Port Hadlock Washington 1991-1992; International Sculptors Symposium, Zalaegerszeg, Hungary, 1977; Hajnowka Poland Gallery, 1977; Scott Milo Gallery, Manawata Art Gallery, Palmerston North N.Z., 1976; The Artist in the City, Modern Art Museum, Seattle Center, Seattle, Washington, 1976; Major Works in Wood by Northwest Artists, Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon, 1976; International Sculptors Symposium, Biskupin, Poland, 1976; the Lamda Rho Association Juried Show, University of Washington Henry Gallery, Seattle, Washington 1974; Seattle Center Summer Festivals, 1971-1974; Harpur College Gallery, Binghamton New York, 1967; New Rochelle Arts Association, 53rd Annual Sculpture Exhibition, New Rochelle, New your, 1967; Fifteenth Annual Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture, Berkshire Art Association, Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, 1967.
Travel Grant from the Kosciuszko Foundation, New York City, for Artistic Research, 1975, 1976, 1979, 1981; Position of Artist-in-Residence, Cit of Seattle, Funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, a Federal agency, Washington, D.C., 1975; Position of Artist in Residence, Seattle Arts Commission and Seattle Public Library, 1978; Second Prize Seattle Science Fiction Art Exhibit, 1979; first Prize Non-Objective Sculpture, Waterbury, Connecticut, 1967; Award for Creative Work in the Fine Arts, Harpur College, Binghamton, New York, 1966.
Cowlitz Indian Tribe; US Army Corps of Engineers, Savannah, Georgia; City of Znin, Poland; City of Zalaegerszeg, Hungary; Seattle Public Library, Seattle, Washington; Lowell School, Seattle, Washington; Washington Mutual Savings Bank, Seattle, Washington; Children's Hospital, Seattle, Washington; City of Seattle CETA Collection of Public Art Works; Exposition Art Gallery, Vancouver, B.C., Canada; King County Arts Commission and Kenmore Library, Kenmore, Washington.
Mount Carmel Art Association, New Haven, Connecticut, 1967; Southington Arts Association, Southington Connecticut, 1967; Experimental College, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, 1972-1974; Artist Apprentice program Evergreen State College, Olympia, Washington, 1974-1978.
Writing: Northwest Arts; The Arts Newsletter; The Seattle Post Intelligencer; Leonardo Magazine; Poland Magazine; Polska Panorama.
Listings, Reviews Articles:
Who’s Who in American Art; Who’s Who in American Women; Who’s who in the World. New Haven Register, New Haven, Connecticut; The Seattle Times, Seattle, Washington; the Seattle Post Intelligencer, Seattle, Washington; The ARTS: Newsletter for Seattle and King County Arts Commissions; Women Artists in America II - University of Tennessee, 1975 by J.L. Collins; Zycie Warszawa, Warsaw Life, Warsaw Poland; London Arts Review, London England; Currant, Sand Francisco, California; the Cultural Post – National Endowment for the Arts; Zalai Hirlap, Zalaegerszeg, Hungary; KING TV, KRAB Radio, KOMO TV, KIRO TV, KUOW Radio, KIRO Radio, all of Seattle Washington; Hungarian National Radio, Budapest, Hungary.
Founder: Bainbridge Island Arts and Humanities Council, 1984.